Zero Waste can be defined as waste that is reduced, re-used, recycled and value recovered, becoming a resource and where no waste is sent to land-fill. Implementing zero waste will eliminate all waste to land, water or air that are a threat to all living things and our environment.
For the moment zero waste doesn't exist, as our global infrastructure is linear (we buy + consume, thus creating waste) not circular (without waste). For Zero waste to work affectively the world would work together though design, manufacturing and lessen/eliminate the amount of waste.
So what can we do in the meantime? Not everyone has access to markets, recycling, zero waste stores, or has the time to make things from scratch, plus not everyone wants to give up single-use plastic in everything they use either. The key thing is to do what you can with the resources and access you have. Being Zero Waste isn’t about being all in or nothing it’s about putting value back into the food we eat, things we buy and making conscious decisions where possible.
The best place to start is to think about how you use things, is there an eco friendly alternative for buying your food, cleaning products or clothes? Think about where you can make a change and stick to it, even if you think its a small change; it's a big part in your piece of the jigsaw.
Tips to start living a more waste free lifestyle coming soon!